First time in Ireland as a duo for “wisecracking”, “eccentric”, newlywed veteran rockers
What have Gemma Hayes, Amy Rigby, The Proclaimers, The Monkees, and comic actor Will Ferrell’s character in the 2007 movie “Stranger Than Fiction” all have in common? Well, they’ve all performed a version of Wreckless Eric’s hit song “(I’d Go the) Whole Wide World”, originally released on the legendary Stiff Records label. Dozens of other singers and groups have covered the song as well, but only one – Amy Rigby – went on to marry the guy who sang the original.
Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby come to Ireland in March 2010, with dates in Cork, Dublin, Belfast, and an appearance on RTE 1’s “The View”. Amy last toured here in 2004, as part of Maria Doyle Kennedy’s “Sirens” project, while Eric supported friends and former label-mates The Damned in 2005 on their UK and Irish tour. This will be their first time performing in Ireland as a duo.
Eric and Amy have individually been making distinctive and original music for decades: he a British iconoclast and wild-card survivor of the early Stiff Records, she as a long-standing heroine of the New York pop scene. For the last three years they have been touring in the US, UK and Europe. In 2008 the self-styled `two piece rock -n’ roll group’ released their debut album ‘Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby’, which enjoyed rapturous critical acclaim in the USA and has been the subject of a four star review in Mojo. They have also recently recorded a new double A side single, ‘Teflon Wok’ c/w ‘Bobblehead Doll’.
Wreckless Eric recorded the legendary single ‘Whole Wide World’ back in 1977. Since then he has made countless albums in different guises, moving between bubblegum, pop, grunge, psychedelia and techno, but always remaining true to the DIY spirit of his early Stiff days. His most recent solo album, Bungalow Hi, was described by Andrew Weatherall as sounding ‘like Bo Diddley trying to outdo Aphex Twin’.
Amy Rigby started a country band in eighties New York City, went on to form girl group The Shams, and began her solo career in 1996 with the US hit album Diary Of A Mod Housewife. Her five solo albums embrace pop, country, folk-rock, psychedelia and the indefinable. The Washington Post calls her ‘One of rock’s most distinctive and consistently excellent songwriters’.
There are no other musicians involved – Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby sing together in harmony accompanied by electric guitar, bass and organ (Eric) and guitars and piano (Amy), plus the occasional sample and the odd bossanova beatbox.
Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby – Irish tour
Cork – Thursday, 11 March – An Cruiscin Lan
Dublin – Friday, 12 March – ALT (Andrews Lane Theatre)
Belfast – Saturday, 13 March – The Black Box
Tickets available from http://www.tickets.ie/ or Ticketmaster.ie, Ticketmaster outlets nationwide or from City Discs Temple Bar Dublin, Plugd Records Cork, and The Black Box Belfast.